Castle Mandawa Shekhawati, Rajasthan
About Castle Mandawa
In the colourful region of Shekhawati, Rajasthan, lies
a small remote town, Mandawa. It was a halting place for ancient
traders who came down all the way from China and Middle East. The town
itself came into existence after Thakur Nawal Singh built a fortress
here. The fortress initially attracted numerous common people and
later traders to settle down in the surrounding areas. Mandawa soon
flourished though later with the dwindling in the caravan traffic
business lost its earlier zeal. The merchants were forced to look into
other options elsewhere in the country. Yet their love for the place
encouraged them to build numerous havelis.
Today, the fort that gave life to Mandawa as a town has been converted into a heritage hotel while the other havelis form a major source of attraction.
Castle Mandawa as a Heritage Hotel
Castle Mandawa, which became a hotel in 1980, is every
bit royal! From the moment guests step into the premises of the hotel,
regality makes itself visible at every step forward. The hotel
building is imposing and the entry of guests grand. On the back of a
camel or horse, the guests make a dream entry with blowing trumpets
and rhythmic beats of drum adding a regal sound effect. Traditional
Indian welcome with tilak and garland add more charm to the colourful
entry of the guests.
During their stay, the friendly staff ensures that the guests feel at home even while away from it.
Facilities on Offer
The rooms available for accommodation are 70
in number with total bed capacity of 140. The Royal Suites, Luxury
Suites, Deluxe Rooms, Standard Rooms bear a distinct look each and
reflect the taste of the erstwhile rulers. The elegant interiors of
some rooms with a period look and modern touch are more pleasing than
the others. There are some rooms that have been left untouched for a
long time now including the ones that preserve the oldest frescoes.
Most of the rooms open into a balcony. Guests are at a leisure to pick
up a room of their choice.
Dining at Castle Mandawa is not just about enjoying a delicious meal. Rather, it is about enjoying the entire experience of dining in a wonderful setting. Every meal at the Castle - on the terrace with widespread views of temples and cenotaphs, in the dining room with its exquisite & colourful mural-paintings, in open air under the stars, in lawn with cool breezy air or around a bonfire in the rear courtyard - is a cherishing moment for guests. Adding more taste and fun to the meal is the performance by a folk artists and fire dancer that are almost as beautiful as thrilling. Both restaurant of the hotel, Jag Niwas and Bhagwat Niwas, offer Indian cuisine to the guests.
Fire dances and folk performances at dinner time are not the only means of entertainment in this heritage hotel. There is much more in store. Recreational facilities also include camel and horse rides, jeep safaris, gala dinners and a heritage walk of Mandawa. After all, the storybook town of Mandawa has to be given an opportunity to narrate its history through its havelis and paintings inside it! Puppet shows are a special attraction for the children too. And if relaxation is what brought you this hotel, then the Diwankhana, the formal drawing room decorated with family portraits and antique armour is just the perfect place.
A stay at Castle Mandawa is one of most colourful experience of life for the guests.
Castle Mandawa is located at a distance of 5 km from the Bus Stand and 14 km from the Railway Station. The nearest Airport is in Jaipur at a distance of 168 km.